Palladium is the most expensive of the four major precious metals: gold, silver and platinum are the others. Gold is the best-known and most invertible precious metal. It is unique because of its durability (it does not corrode), its ability to mold and its ability to conduct heat and electricity. While it has some industrial uses in dentistry and electronics, it is mainly used to make jewelry or as currency.
It has long been a store of value. For this reason, investors seek it in times of economic or political turmoil and as a hedge against rising inflation. These four precious metals, platinum, palladium and silver, together complete the list of the most valuable precious metals in which they are commonly invested. There are other precious metals in the world, some of which are more valuable than those on this list, but in which they are invested less frequently.
Examples of these are rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and osmium. Palladium is the second most valuable precious metal and also exists within the platinum group. It is an alternative precious metal, used for several purposes in jewelry, one of which is to create a white gold alloy. The shiny white metal is a by-product of the processing and smelting of copper, gold and lead and zinc ores, and was later discovered by gold and copper in 4000 BC.
C. Drawbacks include the expense of storing and insuring physical gold and the potential underperformance of gold stocks and ETFs compared to the price of gold. Investors can also buy gold stocks (shares of mining, streaming or gold royalty companies), gold-focused exchange-traded funds (ETFs), or mutual funds focused on gold. Advantages include the ability of physical gold to track the price of the precious metal and the potential for gold stocks and ETFs to perform better.